I'll try to make this as thorough and to the point as possible.
I just brought home my '07 Kona Caldera. Before I purchased it a few weeks ago, I rode it just briefly, and compared the size to my old bike. When I got it home, I compared the 2 bikes, and noticed that the Kona sits up quite a bit higher in the front (due to the suspension, I suppose)...not a big deal. It still feels comfortable and I'm loving it.
But here's my dilemma. I'm about 5'10" or so, and realized that my standing clearance isn't as much as I'd like (however, I tested it without shoes when I got home). The bike has a 20" frame, and they have an 18" Caldera still at the shop. I'm sure they wouldn't mind if I switched bikes to get the 18", but initially the 20" felt much better than the 18".
Anyone have any insight on what may be the best option? If I went back for the 18", I would be afraid that it may feel too small, and would at least need a new stem (which might help the feeling of 'too small'). However, if I stay with the 20", I'm afraid it may be a hair too large...and they didn't have a 19". It might be a different story once the bike is off of carpet (haven't ridden it since I got it home).
I know that I need a bike that I feel comfortable on, and I'm sure some folks will say "You should have tested it more before buying it"...but like I said it felt great when I was testing it in the store...I'm just noticing a bit more now that it's home. It could also be one of those things that I just need to get more comfortable with it, as I haven't had a chance to really try it out.
Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated!